Welcome to The Light
Our church service is held every Sunday at 6:00 for 6:15. In addition to prayers, singing a few well chosen hymns with Millie playing the organ, a reading and address by the attending medium, and sending out our healing thoughts to those on the church list, a big part of the service is given over to a demonstration of mediumship.
This is where the medium makes contact with the spiritual world to pass on messages to members of the congregation, messages that give us evidence that life is eternal and that our loved ones that have passed are still watching over us and sending us their love.
Do also stay for tea, coffee and biscuits if you would like to get to know us and have a chat, or to share any thoughts or questions you may have.
We wish you love, caring, fellowship and healing.
Family Service Sundays 6pm
Spiritual Healing Fridays 2pm
Special Events Diary
Friday, 13th October – Psychic Supper
Friday, 10th November – Dan Clarke
This month we welcome back mediums who are well known to us and true friends of the church. Please join us to enjoy our Sunday services with Kay Lewis, Hazel McLister-Brewer, Irene and David Jackson and Dawn Collinson. Each service can offer a new experience as every medium works in a unique way and offers different insights into the Spirit World.
As I write some 64 tickets have been reserved for Darren Brittain’s Clairvoyance Evening on 28th July and plans are already underway for our next event. This will be one of our very popular Psychic Suppers with local mediums on Friday, 13th October. This offers a fun evening. It is great value at £10 for 2 short readings and a supper option of fish and chips, jumbo sausage and chips or a veggie burger and chips, plus the friendly company of your table companions.
Numbers are building for the new Beginner’s Development Circle with Lee-Ann Miller at St. John Ambulance Hall. It will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7pm till 9pm, starting on Thursday, 5th October. There will be a £5 charge to cover hire of the hall and other expense
Please put your name and details on the sheet at church to register your interest. Please be aware that sitters will need to be church members (see Shelley Hall to join) and will need to make a regular commitment to the circle.
I dipped into ‘Simple Abundance’ today and was touched by an article about Margaret Reed. She was a pioneer wife who was persuaded to travel from Illinois to California in 1846. Her husband James, a wealthy furniture manufacturer, anxious for adventure and yet more wealth, promised they would travel in luxury with all her much loved possessions. Their covered wagon was an extraordinary two storey affair with a sleeping loft. It was fitted with sprung seats, a stove and even her beloved organ. It carried 6 months supply of food and fine wine. They were part of the Donner Party. Two thousand five hundred miles from home and only two days from safety, thirty one men, women and children were stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains by a series of the worst blizzards recorded. Provisions exhausted some would resort to cannibalism to survive, but not Margaret. Left alone whilst James sought help she fed her family on snow, bark and leather broth until James returned with a rescue party. Her possessions had played no part in their survival as the wagon and its contents had long been abandoned as too heavy and difficult to manoeuvre through the mountains. The possessions which were to save Margaret and her loved ones were of Spirit – her wits, her faith and her courage.
Read our full newsletter here: August 2017
Please join us in July to support the lovely mediums who are taking our services this month- Dawn Collinson, who has stepped in to replace Jon Gault, Pat Vitins, Gwen Smith coming to us whilst on holiday, Angie Freeland, Rob & Linda Pallett. All these friends of the church offer a chance to learn more about Spiritualism, in addition to giving fine evidence of survival.
Darren Brittain’s Clairvoyance Evening Friday, 28th July, 7.30pm
Tickets (£8) are selling fast – don’t miss out on an opportunity to see an excellent medium who proved very popular last year. Contact Fay or Enid for tickets.
Our Treasurer says we raised £465 for our church charity in the last year thanks to 50% of all raffles, the sales from the Craft Stall and Jean’s delicious Christmas cakes. Jean and Sharon will be running another craft stall at Darren’s evening on 28th so please support them to make sure we can raise even more for Julia’s House this year.
Sincerest thanks went to all the Officers and Committee who had beavered away so hard to keep the church running in the past year, despite illness and work and family commitments. Special thanks were paid to Martina and Jade for their essential contribution in formatting the Newsletter and updating our Facebook page and website. So many organisations are experiencing difficulties in recruiting volunteers at the moment so it is wonderful we have been able to buck the trend. Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM. Our numbers were up on last year and led to the election of a new, enlarged and re-invigorated committee. This includes 2 nu-bees and 3 returning former committee members. Jean Levett remains our Bookings Secretary, which is a very arduous task, as she ensures we always have a medium despite last minute cancellations. Tricia Davis has volunteered to become Librarian. Do take a look at our Library if you would like to learn more about different aspects of Spiritualism.
Leeann Miller has offered to run a Beginner’s Development Circle at St. John Ambulance Hall. Starting in the autumn it would be run fortnightly from 7pm to 9pm. The day of the week and other details will be determined by demand. Please put your name and details on the sheet at church to register your interest. Please also be aware that this circle would require a regular commitment. There will be a modest charge to cover hire of the hall and other expenses.
Send out your love
We are living through a time of division and uncertainty, following a month of terrible happenings. All sensitive people feel the vibrations of the world around them- sensing the current pain, distrust and disharmony. But equally we can experience the warmth of love and the desire to help and support engendered in many by catastrophe. This is our opportunity to come together and send out our love and healing prayers. By concentrating on, and encouraging, positive, loving thoughts we can create a more positive, happy and peaceful world. Let’s create a rainbow of love and blessings.
Read our full newsletter here: July 2017
June sees the return visits of several medium friends of the church as we welcome back Elaine Astin, Ruth Freya with David Wallace, Sharon Brown and Kay Lewis
Psychic Art Workshop with Psychic Artist Penny Jones on Saturday, 10th June, 10a.m. to 12.30 Currently there is just one place left for this new event. Why don’t you take advantage of it and explore psychic art in a relaxed way amongst like-minded people. Penny will be providing the art materials, places cost of £16 (£15 members). Refreshments will be available.
Please support our AGM after our service on Sunday 28th June. If you are interested in getting involved please speak to any of the committee.
St. John’s often use their Ambulance on Sundays to offer First Aid at shows during the summer months. Please ensure you are not parked outside the garage or directly opposite so they can put the ambulance away unhindered.
The sound of silence
I heard this on the World Service one sleepless night- the story of a blind man’s life changed by a friendship. Dr. Sanford (Sandy) Greenberg is a man with a mission- to wipe out blindness and he is offering a prize of 2 million dollars as a catalyst in that search.
Sandy was a student in the sixties at Colombia with Art Garfunkel as his roommate. The two friends made a pact to help one another in a crisis and Art was to fulfil his vow when Sandy suddenly went blind and dropped out of college. Coming from a poor family he missed out on early diagnosis which could have saved some sight. Art went to Sandy’s home and, together with Sandy’s girlfriend, persuaded him that they needed one another and Sandy could continue his studies with the help of readers. Art would join him in the evenings saying ‘Darkness is going to read to you now. Hello darkness, my old friend’. Art altered his life to accommodate Sandy’s needs but one day he left Sandy on Grand Central Station. Panicked Sandy blundered around into people but somehow eventually found his way back to campus where he bumped into a man whose voice he recognised. Art had followed him every step of the way. Sandy had learnt he could survive and achieve anything he wanted to do, going on to graduate from Harvard and Oxford.
Then one day Art phoned saying he wanted to drop out of Architecture and go into business with Paul Simon but needed $500. Now it was Sandy’s turn to keep the pact. He had enough available in a grant and that’s how the first Simon and Garfunkel album ‘The Sound of Silence’ was born. Arthur and Sandy have stayed friends for over 50 years.
When Sandy learnt in hospital that he was blind he promised himself to do everything he could to make sure no one else would go blind. An insane, naïve but glorious challenge for the 21st century – the $2million in gold represents the colour of the beautiful sunset he saw with his girlfriend on the shores of a Canadian lake in the last days of his sight. The prize is a catalyst in the search for nothing else than the light. See www.endblindnessby2020.com
Read the full newsletter here: June 2017